Fire Behavior of Timber and Lignocellulose

Pedro Reszka, José L. Torero

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The role of timber in fire is a complex subject that requires the understanding of material degradation as well as the different timescales affecting the involvement of different forms of timber in a fire. Timber can be present as part of furnishings, as non-load-bearing materials (i.e., flooring, wall linings, etc.), as well as load-bearing structural components. The most complex case is that of load-bearing structural components, thus the emphasis will be given to this application. Here, timber will be analyzed within the context of fire growth and its natural role in causing fires to emerge. Attempts to modify the role of timber in fire are made via many different approaches, of which fire retardancy is an important one. A brief section summarizing fire retardancy methods will therefore also be presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLignocellulosic Fibers and Wood Handbook
Subtitle of host publicationRenewable Materials for Today's Environment
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781118773727
ISBN (Print)9781118773529
StatePublished - 17 May 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Fire growth
  • Fire retardants
  • Flame spread
  • Flammability assessment methods
  • Gaseous fuel production


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